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When We Walk to Premiere in NYC at Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 14/18 New York City, June 13 – In his latest documentary, When We Walk, award-winning producer Jason DaSilva captures his personal life living with multiple sclerosis, from the toll it takes on his marriage to the challenges in accessing adequate [click to continue...]

New York City, June 10 – “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena,” actress Ali Stroker said from the stage of the Tony Awards. “You are!” Stroker made history at [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, California, June 5 – When Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez)’s son Mateo is having difficulty reading, his teacher suggests testing, saying it “could be a learning disability, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, dyslexia or could be nothing at all.” Ultimately, Mateo, who is six, is diagnosed with ADHD in last week’s episode of The CW’s [click to continue...]

Netflix’s “Atypical” Creator Robia Rashid Honored During Opening Night Beverly Hills, California, May 24 – In its premiere during the Evening of Miracles Gala, “Identity: The Musical” left audience members thinking about what being “perfect” actually means. Written and performed by actors with autism and of all abilities, “Identity: The Musical” is set in an [click to continue...]

Read the webinar transcript Download the accessible PowerPoint Watch the webinar on YouTube with live embedded captions Suggested Pre-Reading Race Equity Cycle Infographic “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Cycle” publication The Role of Senior Leaders in Building a Race Equity Culture Woke@Work blog Resources to Fight Racism and Unconscious Bias About [click to continue...]

Washington, D.C., May 20 – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Bedlam, a film that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, breaks down this stigma while providing both important facts and relatable stories for all viewers. And this week previews of the film will be highlighted [click to continue...]

Sponsors and Partners include Bunim/Murray Productions, Comcast NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, Sundance Institute and more Los Angeles, California, May 20 – Great entertainment requires authentic stories and genuine representation of all people. This includes diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Hence, RespectAbility, the nonprofit that produced The Hollywood Disability [click to continue...]

Watch The Village on NBC, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. View Resources for Veterans with Disabilities New York, NY, May 14 – NBC’s new breakout show The Village explores relationships between family members and friends who become family in separate but interconnected stories. The ensemble drama also does not shy away from tackling important social issues, [click to continue...]

New York City, May 1 – Nearly 500,000 women and girls with disabilities live in New York City, with a stunning 44 percent of New York women with disabilities living below the poverty line. Furthermore, in the city itself, only 24 percent of Latina women with disabilities have jobs. Hence, ensuring the inclusion of diverse [click to continue...]

Report Released at the National Press Club, Available to view online at RespectAbility.org/Inclusive-Philanthropy Washington, D.C., April 25 – Nonprofits and foundations are full of good work and good will. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of people who work in the social sector say their organizations have made a public commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and have policies that [click to continue...]

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